Emergency Planning Tips for Older Adults and Caregivers
Emergency planning tips for Older Adults and Caregivers
1. Do you have enough food to last one week?
2. Do you have enough medications to last one week?
3. Do you have heat, and are you able to stay warm?
4. Do you have a personal support system in area?
5. Do you live alone? Are you working with any community support resources like CM, or have a caregiver?
6. Are you homebound?
7. Are you at risk for falling? Use any assistance devices, etc.
Caregiver emergency planning tips
1. Do you have a list and supply of medications for person you care for?
2. Do you have person you are caring for care plan needs in writing?
3. Do you have important documents easily accessible such as POA, emergency contact info?
4. Do you have any wander alert, medic alert, life line systems for person you are caring for?
5. If unable to assist with evacuation for Cl home or facility do you have a personal contact or neighbor to assist if needed?
Emergency Supply Kit Checklist
The more you do to prepare, the better off you will be in case of an emergency. Emergency planners suggest you should plan to make it on your own for at least three days following a crisis. They advise:
· Water for drinking and sanitation. One gallon per person per day for at least three days
· Food. At least a three-day supply of non-perishable items and a can opener
· Battery-powered radio
· Flashlight and extra batteries
· Blankets, moist towelettes, plastic garbage bags and ties for personal sanitation
· First Aid Kit
· Dust mask to filter contaminated air
· Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
· Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
· Medication supply (clearly labeled)
· Eyeglasses or hearing aids as needed
· Extra set of keys
· Phone list of both in-town and out-of-town contacts
Having access to important documents is advised. Important medical records, family records, health insurance information, any Powers of Attorney, your Wills or Health Care Directives should also be part of an emergency kit.
Call Senior Services Information and Assistance, 206-448-3110, for more information about planning for winter weather.